Dogs’ and Cats’ Best Friend? Not Facebook - Page 2
Until I read those articles, I wasn’t aware of Facebook being used to do actual good. Once I did, I became active in the rescue community as well, sharing information about animals across the United States that were in immediate danger. Previously, I had merely rescued abandoned animals through adoption, which limits the impact one has on the problem of homeless dogs and cats to the number one can fit in his or her home without being considered a hoarder.
Facebook, which is described by Penny Eims as “the Gold Standard for enabling rescuers and networkers to save lives" (she further remarks, “As more and more animal welfare advocates joined the huge social networking site, thousands of homeless animals have been saved”) is now doing something that thousands of rescuers have noticed: Facebook is blocking the accounts of rescue networkers. In her article, “Is Facebook chasing away animal rescuers?,” Eims mentions that many rescuers are creating accounts on MySpace, preparing to move to that venue.
In conversations with active rescuers, I have suggested Google Plus as an alternative. Wherever rescuers move, they can only hope for a warmer reception than they are getting from Facebook. When Facebook deletes an account, a user loses all their information, including a list of contacts that may have taken years to assemble. Rescuers do not doubt that Facebook’s recent actions have cost animals their lives.
Facebook’s arbitrary attempt to limit use of the service is just plain dumb. Most users know that they can have as many Facebook accounts as they want, and the real problem with this “punishment” is that users lose the data they’ve collected. However, many Facebook users are also aware that they can back up the data they’ve collected.
I cannot speak for all Facebook users, but I know that my presence on Facebook is limited to animal rescue, yet that hasn’t prevented me from clicking on ads and purchasing from Facebook advertisers. Banning users is banning customers, and surely advertisers don’t think that’s in their best interest.Continued on the next page